Golden Circle Tour
+ Day 1 / Istanbul
Greeted on landing, you are transferred to your hotel and have free time.
+ Day 2 / Istanbul
Your day begins with a guided tour exploring the ancient city with highlights including the magnificent TOPKAPI PALACE (main residence of Ottoman Sultan). SAINT SOPHIA BASILICA, ancient seat of the Byzantine Church built in 537 AD and converted to a mosque in 1453. Finally the GRAND BAZAAR with 3,000 exotic indoor-shops. Overnight in İstanbul.
+ Day 3 / Istanbul
A half day tour of DOLMABAHÇE PALACE or cruise the BOSPHORUS WATERWAY depending on the season and weather conditions. Free time to explore city.
+ Day 4 / Kayseri, Cappadocia
Fly to Kayseri, the nearest airport to Cappadocia. Afternoon touring the “Moon Like” topography of Cappadocia. You visit the underground city of Derinkuyu or Kaymakli where thousands of early Christians lived concealed from their persecutors in an eight-story complex of subterranean dwellings.
+ Day 5 / Cappadocia
You visit the pottery making village of Avanos and the Byzantine Monastic Complex of Zelve before returning to our hotel to enjoy the picturesque of this ancient historic land.
+ Day 6 / Ankara, Antalya
A morning drive across the rolling steppe land to Ankara. After lunch, a short flight takes you to Antalya for overnight.
+ Day 7 / Perge, Aspendos
A full day of exploring includes a tour of the ANTALYA ARCHEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with a number of artifacts and statues from nearby ancient sites. Then you tour ancient PAMPHYLIAN, HELLENISTIC AND ROMAN CITIES, the unsoiled ruins of Perge with its colonnade street and Aspendos with its huge theather, the best preserved one in the Mediterranean are having a capacity of 15,000 spectators and still in use for special events.
+ Day 8 / Antalya, Izmir
Free day to explore Antalya’s bazaars, ancient ruins, quaint harbor with restored Ottoman homes, small shops and wayside cafes. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport to fly to İzmir for overnight.
+ Day 9 / Ephesus, St. Mary House
This morning we head across the fertile Menderes Valley to the ruins of glorious Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor, to see the extensive ruins which include 2,000-year-old marble streets, a huge theater, the library of Celsius, a gymnasium and the temple of Hadrian. In the afternoon, visit the nearby BASILICA OF ST. JOHN as well as the VIRGIN MARY’S STONE COTTAGE. Overnight in İzmir.
+ Day 10 / Pergamum, Asklepieion
The first stop on your northbound journey is the Acropolis of ancient Pergamum, famous for work done by the great Physician, Galen. Sights include the altar of Zeus, and Asklepieion, a famous roman medical center. Afternoon flight takes you to İstanbul for overnight.
+ Day 11 / Istanbul
Your representative escorts you to the airport for the flight back.